Did you know that Monarchs cannot survive without Milkweed? The caterpillars only eat Milkweed leaves, so they always lay their eggs on these plants. Much of this habitat has been lost to development and we are seeing a decline in this majestic butterfly. By planting Milkweed in our own gardens, we can support their reproduction and support other pollinators at the same time.

Harrison Lake Fish Hatchery is converting over 2 acres into Monarch and pollinator habitat and is looking for citizens to help their efforts by planting Milkweed in their own yards. At the workshop, you’ll learn about the Monarch butterfly and the importance of Milkweed to their survival. We have free Milkweed seeds for everyone and you’ll prepare your own peat planters with Milkweed seeds to take home and care for until they’re ready to go in your garden. There will be several native varieties of Milkweed including Asclepias tuberosa and Asclepias incarnata. Over the next year, participants will report their progress and share Monarch activity.

When? April 19, 6-7:30 pm                                                                  

Where? Virginia Fish and Wildlife Conservation Office, 11110 Kimages Road, Charles City, VA

Registration is required. Space is limited to 30. Please register at http://bit.ly/GotMilkweedJRA


Monarch caterpillars munching on Butterflyweed

For more information about Monarch Butterflies, their life cycle, and efforts to restore their habitat, visit http://monarchjointventure.org/